PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 6, 2012) – Rutgers senior linebacker Khaseem Greene (Elizabeth, N.J.) was named the 2012 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year Thursday for the second straight season. Greene is the second player in BIG EAST history to win the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year award in consecutive seasons, joining Corey Moore of Virginia Tech (1998, 1999).
Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood shared the BIG EAST Coach of the Year Award with Louisville’s Charlie Strong. Flood directed Rutgers to its first BIG EAST Championship in 2012 as the Scarlet Knights finished the regular season 9-3 overall and 5-2 in the BIG EAST. Flood’s nine victories are the most in school history by a first-year head coach.
In total, eight Scarlet Knights captured All-BIG EAST honors, including five first team selections.
Greene was a unanimous All-BIG EAST selection on defense as the conference defensive player of the year. After earning share of the award in 2011, Greene won the award outright in 2012 after finishing the regular season with 125 tackles and six forced fumbles to lead the nation’s No. 4 ranked scoring defense.
Joining Greene on the All-BIG EAST First Team was junior OL Antwan Lowery (Miami, Fla.), senior DL Scott Vallone (Central Islip, N.Y.), junior CB Logan Ryan (Berlin, N.J.) and senior S Duron Harmon (Magnolia, Del.). Vallone and Lowery earned all-conference honors for the first time while Harmon earned his second consecutive All-BIG EAST First Team honor. Ryan was a Second Team All-BIG EAST selection in 2011.
Lowery blocked for a Rutgers offensive line that produced just the third 1,000-yard Scarlet Knight rusher since 1976. In his final RU season, Vallone set a career-best with 12.5 tackles-for-loss amongst 50 total tackles.
Ryan currently ranks first in the conference and tied for eighth nationally in passes defended, averaging 1.50 per game. He additionally ranks second on the team with 87 tackles. Harmon set a career-high with five pass breakups this season.
Rutgers had three additional players capture All-BIG EAST Second Team honors for the first time. Sophomore RB Jawan Jamison (Starke, Fla.), sophomore OL Kaleb Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla.) and sophomore WR Brandon Coleman (Accokeek, Md.) all earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST Second Team offense.
Jamison rushed for 1,054 yards and four touchdowns on 242 attempts, with Johnson helping pave the way in the trenches. Jamison’s yardage total ranks 10th in RU single-season history.
Coleman’s 10 receiving touchdowns in 2012 tied the single-season school record.
Rutgers finishes the 2012 season with its seventh bowl appearance in the last eight years at the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando. Kickoff between Rutgers and Virginia Tech is set for Friday, December 28 at 5:30 p.m. from the Florida Citrus Bowl.
Rutgers fans are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets through Rutgers for the best seating options available for the game. Tickets for the Russell Athletic Bowl are available online (http://RutgersBowl.com), by phone (1-866-455-GORU) and in-person at the Rutgers Ticket Office during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.). Ticket prices range from $72-77.
All seats will be allocated in Priority Point order. The deadline to place an order to qualify for the Priority Point process is December 7. All orders placed after that date will receive best available remaining inventory.
For every bowl ticket purchased, one (1) bonus Priority Point will be awarded. These bonus priority points will be added to totals helping to determine 2013 football seating/parking and 2013-14 basketball seating/parking, as well as 2013 postseason ticket availability and access to other limited events. Please note, bonus points will not carry over and will reset following the priority point deadline of June 30.
Travel packages are also available to the Russell Athletic Bowl. Travel on the official Rutgers bowl tour down to Orlando and be a part of all of the bowl action. ScarletKnightsFanTravel.com has official Rutgers bowl travel packages that include the official Rutgers alumni / fan hotel, round-trip game transfers, official Rutgers pre-game party, and more. Visit www.ScarletKnightsFanTravel.com now to register or call 1-877-701-3296.